National Multiple Sclerosis Society Virginia-West Virginia Chapter
4200 Innslake Drive, #301
Glen Allen VA 23060
Mission Statement

A WORLD FREE OF MS

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

 
Web and Social Media
Video
2015 Staff Picture
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sherri D. Ellis
Board Chair Mr Gregory R Bishop
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner
Contact Information
Address 4200 Innslake Drive, #301
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Telephone 804 353-5008
Fax 804 353-5595
E-mail info@msvirginia.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1946
Former Names
NameYear
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central Virginia Chapter2013
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,026,190.00
Projected Expenses $2,074,230.00
Additional Documents
Board of Directors2017View
Statements
Mission

A WORLD FREE OF MS

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

 
Impact
Top Accomplishments 2013
  • We had a very successful season of fundraising events.  Bike MS raised $822,000 and Walk MS raised nearly $480,000.  The Dinner of Champions raised $355,555.55.  The funds raised will provide funding for research and programs and services for clients living in our service area.
  • We awarded $74,000 in financial assistance.  This included assistance with household expenses, home modifications, durable medical equipment and college scholarships.
  • We hosted lab tours at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center to see how the research is being conducted due to a $496,000 research grant awarded by the National MS Society.
Top Goals for Current Year
  • Increase the number of participants and the dollars raised through our fundraising events.
  • Increase quality of programs & services provided to those living with MS.
  • Increase MS Awareness and understanding in our communities, rural communities and among clinicians.
Needs
  1. Financial Assistance for those living with MS in Virginia and West Virginia.  Due to the economy, many people have lost their job and has put a strain on paying utilities, mortgages, as well as keeping up with the very costly MS treatments.
  2. Home Modifications for those whose lives have been changed due to MS.  Bathroom modifications, ramps, etc. Our goal is to help individuals maintain their independence by staying in their homes as long as possible.
  3. Funding college scholarships for an individual who has MS or a parent that has MS.
  4. Programs for those newly diagnosed to those who have progressive MS. Providing kids camp, respite care, and couples workshops.
  5. Research to find a cause, better treatments and ultimately a cure for MS.
Background Founded in 1946, The National MS Society (NMSS) is a non-profit, voluntary health organization, and the most comprehensive resource on information about MS in the United States. The NMSS spends more money on MS research and serves more people with MS than any national voluntary MS health organization in the world. Since its founding over 50 years ago, NMSS has allocated over $222 million to MS research.  The recently realigned Virginia-West Virginia Chapterserves a combined total of 12,000 individuals with MS and their families throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky.
CEO Statement
The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves a combined total of 12,000 individuals with MS and their families throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky.
 
Offices are located in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.
 
The Chapter provides knowledge and assistance to help those with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life.
 
PROGRAMS OFFERED INCLUDE:
  • Financial Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Information and Referral
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Educational Programs for those with MS & Professionals
  • Quarterly Informational Newsletters
  • Short Term Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Weekend Retreats and Kid’s Camp
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Throughout the United States
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Tri-cities Region
Other
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Matoaka
The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves a combined total of 12,000 individuals with MS and their families throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. Offices are located in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Gregory R Bishop
Company Affiliation Partner
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Email gbishop@williamsmullen.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr Chad Harcum
Company Affiliation Executive Vice President & Director of Corporate Banking
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2016
Email Chad.harcum@townebank.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Tracy (Mortin)Marks Member Select
Matthew Austin Virginia Capital
Gregory R. Bishop Williams Mullens
Jennifer L.D. Bittmann KPMG, LLP
Susan Bodin Community Volunteer
Richard Brock Sentara Leigh Hospital
Mr Dave Carminucci Procurement Manager
Mr Brandon Cowan Partner
Steve Fowler Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe
Greg Gibbs Arnett & Foster, PLLC
Chad Harcum Wells Fargo
Brandon Haushalter Johnston-Willis Hospital
Meg Haymans Community Volunteer
Brian Holland Atlantic Bay Mortgage
Mr Mark Householder Regional Vice President
David Jones MDUVA Department of Neurology
K. Alvin Lloyd Riverside Hampton Roads Neurology
Kathy Lukhard Director, Network Support
Mr Blake Manners Ernst & Young
Brian Mason Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
Glenn Nunziata Ernst & Young
John O'Connor The Landmark Company
Unsong Oh MDVCU School of Medicine
Glen Pierce Heron Ridge Golf Club
Marcus Rice MDMS Center of Tidewater
David Saunders Madison + Main
Dr Alan Schlman doctor
Alan Schulman MDNeurological Associates
Chris Shockley Virginia Credit Union
Alexander H. Slaughter McGuireWoods, LLP
Mark Smith BB&T
Bruce Thompson Hospitality Group
Mr Ronald Tweel Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel Pllc
Robert Vallejo PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
James Van Ness Luck Companies
Philip "P.J." Wallin Heritage Wealth Advisors
Keith Zimmerman N/A
Cheryl Zimmerman N/A
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 36
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 32
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Scientific Advisory
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
There will continue to be more needs and requests, however, our mission and expectation is to serve.  It is freeing for a client that for the first time has a ramp and can mobilize themselves outside to greet their child at the bus stop.  It is a feeling of hope when a donor helps a family so that their utilities do not get shut off because they paid for their very expensive MS drugs and treatments. We feel we must ask boldly and be the voice of those living with this unpredictable disease. We are people who want to do something now and hope others will join with us to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Sherri D. Ellis
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Michelle Derr VP Finance & Operations
Sharhonda Woods Director of Development
Kathryn Zapach MSWDirector of Programs and Services
Staff
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 500
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description The Chapter sponsors self-help groups, group counseling & peer-support programs. Also offered are: Financial assistance for those living with MS, educational programs and lectures for people with MS, educational programs & training for medical and allied healthcare professionals, newsletters, information and referral services. The Chapter assists families in gaining knowledge, physical & emotional support.
Long Term Success Substantially increased funding of MS research programs.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
There will always be more days in the month than money to go around, however, our staff and board are committed to making a difference, and improving the lives of those living with this very unpredictable disease. When it comes down to someones power being shut off on a cold winter day, or helping build a ramp so that the individual can go outside and get the mail or meet their child at the school bus, we continue to turn over every rock, share our story and be the voice and hope for another human. We will be bold in our approach to find a cure and continue to ask for the funds to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,026,190.00
Projected Expenses $2,074,230.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$596,872$306,613$158,654
$82,506$59,985$30,784
$3,980$2,770$2,595
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,247$5,964--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$2,449,341$1,552,665$891,711
Revenue In-Kind----$32,389
Other$689,001$98,193$213,721
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,930,953$1,645,508$966,837
Administration Expense$321,811$183,440$71,898
Fundraising Expense$441,260$245,291$194,350
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.981.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%79%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%13%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,036,049$1,070,818$704,706
Current Assets$665,052$758,063$671,380
Long-Term Liabilities$0$2,759$9,067
Current Liabilities$363,812$420,194$382,155
Total Net Assets$672,237$647,865$313,484
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.831.801.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 11/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Virginia-West Virginia Chapter is a subordinate  organization (EIN # 54-0633474) of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (EIN #13-4551935).  The 501(c)(3) Letter posted to GiveRichmond represents the Virginia Chapter's "parent" organization. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary and Shreaves.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include support from corporations, foundations, legacies, memberships and monies received from the national organization.